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1. Kataragama Temple

Kataragama Temple

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The Kataragama temple is one of the ancient sites which are revered by Hindus, Buddhists as well as the Veddas. The temple also attracts many people from South India. The temple complex is a shrine to the Buddhist guardian deity Kataragama 'deviyo' and Hindu War God Murugan. The complex contains the Buddhist temples which are managed by Buddhists, the temples and shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva the Hindus maintain and a mosque which the Muslims govern. This unique feature of Kataragama temples makes the complex, one of the most secular sites in Sri Lanka. Many years ago, the jungle shrine was entirely inaccessible, but today it can be easily accessed by an all-weather road.

2. Kebiliththa Dewalaya

Kebiliththa Dewalaya

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Kebiliththa Dewalaya is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Kataragama, which is supposed to be a divine power of changing spiritual powers. The Kebiliththa Dewalaya is amid the jungle in the Yala National Park which makes it quite difficult to access, yet many devotees head there to seek the blessing of the Lord. The journey to Kebiliththa Dewalaya requires prior preparation where you need to abstain from the consumption of any meat or alcohol for seven days before the trip. Along with this, it is crucial for one to have control over your anger, refrain from using harsh words and foul language, and not talk about the pending travel.

3. Kiri Vehera

 Kiri Vehera

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The Kiri Vehera is also known as 'the milk stupa', is situated at Kataragama is one of the sixteen sacred places which had been visited by Buddha Shakyamuni. The Kiri Vehera depicts a beautiful relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism. The relationship between Buddha Shakyamuni and Lord Murugan facilitated a peaceful coexistence between Buddhist and Hindu devotees in the region. The stupa is in the garden of the Kihir trees, which was known as Kihir Vehara. However, later for convenience and ease of pronunciation, the name was changed to Kiri Vehara.

4. Kinniya Bridge

Kinniya Bridge

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Kinniya Bridge is known to be the longest bridge in Sri Lanka having a length of 396 metres. It crosses the lagoon area that is surrounded by Koddiyar Bay and the Tambalagam Bay. It connects Trincomalee with Kinniya, It allows the civilians to cross the Kinniya lagoon to reach Kinniya and Muttur areas using the A15 highway.

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